What are tacos de trompo? Basically, it's another name for tacos al pastor. The "trompo" refers to a spinning top, which is not unlike the gyro-like spindle al pastor is typically cooked on. The meat is shredded off the spindle and layered into tacos with onions and cilantro. Add a squirt of lime and maybe a splash of salsa or two, and you're off to the races.
The version of tacos de trompo I had at El Agave Azul featured big
chunks of ancho-flavored pork piled high into small little corn
tortillas. Each taco was no bigger than two or three bites, but they
come five to an per order instead of the usual three. That makes an
order ($6.49) very sharable for a table of hungry eaters.
I ate my tacos inside El Agave Azul, but the newish spot in west Davie
is barely bigger than a shoebox. There's one table wedged inside next
to the counter your order at, and two just outside the front door. Most
of the space inside is taken up by the open kitchen. You can watch the
Mexican tias prepare your food right as you order it. Even though the
lack of space makes the spot feel like a dive-y taco stand, everything
inside is impeccably clean and the staff is very talkative and friendly.
El Agave Azul has over a dozen other guisados (taco fillings) aside
from the trompo, including chicharron (fried pork), fajitas, asado de
pollo (chicken with ancho sauce), and nopalitos (cactus paddle).
Individual tacos cost around $2, tostadas $3, and burritos $6.50. You
can also get sopes, which are sort of like tostadas served on fat,
fried corn tortillas, for $2 a pop.
For those out west, El Agave Azul is very inexpensive place to sate your authentic taco fix. We'll have more on it soon.
El Agave Azul
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13040 W. State Road 84, Davie 33325
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.